Runoff election will decide some races


While Tuesday’s primary runoff election will determine party nominees, it also will effectively decide the winners of several races in which no general election opposition awaits.

The final outcome of three Tallahatchie County seats will be settled on Aug. 27, all on the Democratic side.

In the only countywide runoff of a local position, incumbent Coroner Ginger Smith Meriwether, 46, will go to the mat with perennial challenger Anthony “Tony” Hawkins, 49.

Incumbent District 3 Supervisor Larry Cole, 72, will duel Philip Ross, 47, for that seat on the Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors.

The District 1 constable runoff features former constable Jimmy N. Manues, 70, and Frank Chambers III, 56.

In the only other Democratic runoff impacting local voters, Sarita M. Simmons will battle John Marshall Alexander in state Senate District 13.

Local voters in Tuesday’s Republican Party runoff election will help decide the nominees for four positions in state and state district government.

» Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Bill Waller Jr. will meet in a widely anticipated showdown for the Republican nomination for governor.

» State Treasurer Lynn Fitch is in a runoff with longtime Republican political operative Andy Taggart.

» John Caldwell will face Geoffrey O. Yoste in a runoff for Northern District transportation commissioner.

» In state House District 10, Kelly Morris and Brady Williamson are in a runoff.

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A few runoff reminders:

» While absentee voting by paper ballot continues daily from 8 a.m. until noon and 1-5 p.m. at the circuit clerk’s offices in Charleston and Sumner, both offices will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate  last-minute in-person absentee balloting.

» Because Mississippi prohibits crossover voting, anyone who cast a ballot in the Aug. 6 primary election of one party may not vote in the runoff of the other. For instance, if someone voted in the Democratic primary, he  or she cannot vote in the Republican runoff.

» All voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo ID is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot, which may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of voter ID to the circuit clerk’s office within five business days of the election.  For details, visit

» Voting precincts Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Anyone who is in line to vote at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.